The oldest evidence of foxtail millet cultivation was found along the ancient course of the Yellow River in China, carbon-dated to be from around 8,000 years before present.
This ancient grain is one of the most alkalizing foods and a good source of antioxidants. It is 100% gluten-free and suitable for those with celiacs disease or gluten sensitivity.
Add this healthy grain to your diet to help with:
- coronary artery disorder,
- weight loss,
- colon cancer
Millet also helps:
- in cases of high blood pressure
- diabetic problems
- in slowing down muscle degradation
- aids in sleep
- helps in relieving menstrual cramps
- aids breast milk production
- improves skin elasticity
Millet 粟米, 小米
Common Chinese Name (pinyin): 粟米 (sù mǐ）小米
TCM Five Flavors: Sweet, salty
TCM Energetics: Cool
Meridian Affinity: Kidney, spleen, stomach
Nutritional Science: 成分
- Nutrients: Fat, protein, starch, thiamin (vitamin B1)
- Function: Nervous system, heart health, antibacterial effect.
TCM Benefits 功效:
- Tonify the Middle Jiao: promotes digestion
- Benefit the Kidneys
- Clear heat and detoxify
- Relieve nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea
- Moisturize the body, quench thirst
- Dispel wind, relieve skin rashes
Cooking Suggestions 使用方法:
- Consume in soup or congee, or morning porridge
- Recipe recommendations: Savory Oat-Millet Porridge with Squash and Tahini | 燕麦南瓜芝麻小米粥
1 oz millet with 2 cups liquid for thinner porridge
1oz millet with 1 cup liquid for thick porridge
Notes & Safety:
- Should not be eaten with xing ren, might cause vomiting or diarrhea.
- There are many different types of millet. Here we are referring to the Chinese foxtail millet, which is a small, bright yellow grain.